Birth Of Tragedy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
97.3%
Liked This Beer
4.46 w/ 1,214 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Birth of Tragedy is the imperial and oak barrel-aged version of our annual winter porter, Twilight of the Idols. Brewed with locally roasted coffee and Vermont honey, we age this beer for a year in personally selected bourbon barrels from our favorite distilleries.

Added by s1ckboy on 11-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#180
Reviews:
189
Ratings:
1,214
Liked:
1,181
Avg:
4.46/5
pDev:
8.52%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,058
Gots:
205
Trade:
24
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,214 |  Reviews: 189
Photo of Ristaccia
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PeterOSU
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ptrck_nl
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eternal218
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwbbq
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Did side-by-side with Damon, and for me this blew Damon out of the water. The complexity of this beer is fantastic. I was worried about it maybe being a bit too sweet from the honey, but the coffee flavor mellowed it out nicely. Would love to repeat!

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Photo of Burgh1328
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Marius
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Warpigs, pre-CBC. Pitch black with a tan head. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, toasted coconut. Medium body with a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of CraigMack61
4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JoshBrews
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JStampler
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black opaque hues with a thin sandy head
S: Honey, bourbon, mocha, and a bit of cinnamon
T: This is a 2012 bottle, but the bourbon barrel is evident from the first sip; the taste is not 'hot' with alcohol, but rather the delicious residual flavors are apparent; this flavor recedes into thick honey, coffee, and a bit of vanilla
F: Medium mouthfeel (when compared to Twilight it feels measurably thicker however) with mild carbonation
O: This was an incredibly tasty and complex stout. Despite the age on my bottle the beer has held up incredibly well and enhanced the sweetness and bourbon, while softening the coffee notes. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of dcmchew
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nuggetz
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pants678
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of M_chav
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thicky icky black and oily. It looks thicker than motor oil and there's unlimited black-depth (if that's a thing). The smell is stupid good, reminds me of another honey forward stout (event horizon) but this thing is massive with barrel notes and I could t ask for much more. It's bcbs with honey and extra depth, it's amazing. The taste does not disappoint, it's so damn smooth, this bottle is a 2011 vintage which might contribute to the smooth layers that seem to flow almost too in carbonated down the throat. But this thing is beautiful in every way, if you don't the super sweetness then you are gonna love it. An awesome stout that I absolutely need more of, really want to try it fresh, cheers!

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stezz420
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jason3125
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JBreits83
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of danh53
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with no head to speak of. Not much to look at. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and honey. Its a nice aroma, but not very intense. Taste is the highlight of this beer and that's what matters most. This is about a year old so the coffee has faded, but everything else has blended together very well. The bourbon flavor is great and there's way more vanilla than expected. The honey is a nice addition and adds to the sweetness and sticky quality. The mouth feel is excellent for an imperial porter. Its not thick, but I almost forgot it was a porter instead of a stout. This beer is very well balanced, flavorful, and enjoyable to drink. I'm glad I traded for it.

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Photo of xacidx
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mnbearsfan
4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Skeeter1330
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013...tasty but definitely on the old side. Vanilla and raisins

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Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 97.3% out of 100 with 1,214 ratings
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